Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was smoking, not even a mouse (that would be weird)…well, until Mike and I whipped out the cigars and coffee with Bailey’s!
Mike’s brother Dave came over for Christmas and of course, he wanted to enjoy a cigar. So Mike gave him a Graycliff Gold label and his first humidor. Since I have had stogies the previous couple of nights, I decided to try something small. I found this Serie G in the bottom of my humidor and realized I received it last Christmas in an Oliva sampler pack. It was a Cameroon wrapper with Nicaraguan tobacco.
The first thing I noticed about this cigar was its unusual size. This was a 4 1/2 x 50 stick that seemed even smaller because of its nice box-pressed shape. After picking it up, I realized it was very light too. I thought, “Maybe it’s just because I’ve been smoking Toros and Churchhills lately?”
The construction was basically flawless (I found a couple of very tiny spots on the wrapper)! I loved the shade of the wrapper and the label. I also loved the way it fit in my hand with a coffee. In my opinion, it reminded me of a Padron just smaller.
The pre-light had a very natural tobacco taste to it, very clean and naturally sweet.
The first light was very smooth, sweet and perfect with the extra Bailey’s in the coffee (can never have too much Bailey’s). I also believe it drawled flawlessly. It was just like sucking on air! Wonderfully done Oliva!
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The first third was also sweet and earthy. Very fresh and smooth.
About halfway done (23 minutes) and I classified the Serie G as a medium to mild bodied smoke. During this time I also picked up on some nutty flavors. The cigar never fizzed out on me and I had a nice long ash. Since the cigar was a little bit lighter, I figured the filler would produce a thin and flaky ash. Not at all!
Last third was also quite pleasant. Never bitter like other smokes in the last third. In fact, the Serie G was starting to get creamy! Overall, this was a very good cigar. I would love to smoke another with a coffee.
The Serie G had tons of smooth smoke, earthy, nutty, and creamy notes. It would also be good medium-bodied alternative to the full-bodied Serie V. For only four bucks or five bucks…it is a definite buy-and-try!
After aging it for a year, I rated it a 9 on our 10 point scale.
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